Thursday, November 28, 2013

Snowflake penguins

I am one step further on my snowflake penguin quilt. This is my adaption of a project I spied in the October homespun magazine. ( note to self, time to renew the subscription).

I had fun putting the penguins together, and now I have added the star blocks above them. I decided on a 9 block lay out quite different to the original, but look can you see my sparkly snowflakes.

This is some pretty Christmas fabric, fused into visolfex and cut out with my go baby and simply raw edge appliquéd on. Please forgive my shadow, this is the trouble taking photos at night,

Still need to give these little chap eyes, and unsure if I will embroider them on or use little buttons.

Now for the borders, thinking a skinny red peeper, then a wider navy to frame it and set it off. But before I do the borders, I am working in another row in my new row along quilt, this row is the cocoa cups, fabric cut and tomorrow nights task is the stitching,

Before I go, I want to share with you this lovely message from Quilt designer Leanne Beasley that I found on Facebook.



Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rainbow strings- the journey of a scrappy quilt

This is a BIG finish for me, as its been on my UFO pile for over two years.

I started this quilts journey in May 2011 when I began sewing coloured strips together.  Later these were cut into 8 inch blocks on the diagonal.  When building the blocks I started with a scrappy triangle, the kind that is cut off when making flying geese blocks, goodness knows I have a huge stack of them too. ( I cant seem to throw any little scrap away).

Part way through the block construction I started randomly adding in some selvidges, just to add a bit of whimsical interest.  I love the names of some of the fabric ranges, and the little prints can be so cute.  ( yep, I save them too).

As the quilt evolved I joined the 8 inch squares into blocks of 4 to create a diamond effect.  As my strip scrap pile grew every so often I would make a batch of blocks, then one day I realised I had more than enough to put them together in a quilt.

I decided to quilt this in a circle effect, but its actually a spiral, starting from the centre of where four different coloured blocks join and I just went round and round until I got to the edges.  the circles are reasonably even on the outer edges as you can see in the photo below, but in the centre of the spirals they start out much closer together, like a spring.

I also decided on a scrappy binding joining some strips together end to end.  So in reality this has been a very inexpensive quilt to make with it being purely from my scrap basket. I

I still have an overflowing strip scrap tub, and quite a number of part or full quilt blocks to begin version too, I am thinking that my next one will be in just one colour range or possibly a group of colours such as autumn tonings, greens, reds and oranges.  Lets see shall we.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Rows and circles.

My first row is complete in my row along quilt, I just am so excited about how cute the finished quilt will be.

So as promised to myself, I am finishing a UFO before I start the next row.

As you can see I am In The process of quilting my string quilt, with circles. It's a big job, and to be honest I am not really enjoying it - but not much left to do.  I am not even sure what I am going to do with the completed quilt as it was not made with any one in mind, just to use up some scraps.

I started this quilt in May 2011 so it's one of my oldest U F O's. Well time to get the white gloves on and see if in can get the quilting on this finished today.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Post card swap

I played along with many others in Sheila's Christmas postcard swap and my partner was Jeanneke from the Netherlands. Both of our postcards have safely arrived at each other's homes so I can share them with you.
Here is the one that I made and sent to Jeanneke.

And here is the one that I received, along with a most unusual circular Dutch Christmas card. Thank you Jeanneke, its so sweet.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Apples ......In a row

I am naughty,

My UFO pole grows but when a new book arrives in the post it's so hard to resist.

I first saw this row along quilt months ago, on Lori's blog bee in my bonnet, but it was almost over. I contacted Lori she did tell me that she was putting it all in a pattern, which of course became this book. So as soon as I saw it, I orderd my copy.

And yesterday it arrived, such delicious eye candy I just could not resist, so I sorted my stash into colours and decided to do one row, ( just one row) and then it's back on finishing some UFO's

So first up I made the apples, how cute are these. All I need to do now is join them into a row.

Then I will finish one UFO , then do one more row, that's fair isn't it?


Sunday, November 10, 2013

2013 Christmas pageant and Quilt show

What a busy weekend I have had, yesterday it was up early and off to the Christmas pageant with my daughter in law Katherine and grand children Leo and Ziva.  Two very excited little ones joined in with 300,000 others to welcome Santa to town.  Leo was even more excited when he got to sit on a police motor cycle.

Last night DH and I went out to dinner and then a movie with some friends.  We saw Captain Phillips, which was starring Tom Hanks.  I thoroughly enjoyed this true story of a container ship being pirated by Somalian fishermen.  Tom Hanks was as always brilliant.

Today it was off to the quilt fair with bloggy friend Sue from Mother patchwork.  Sue and I had never met before but have been talking about catching up for months.  It was so nice to put a face to a name and enjoy the show together.  I also ran into a few other Quilters guild members and friends, Sheila, Pip and Wendy.

I took quite a lot of photos of quilting for inspiration as I am trying to branch out with my FMQ.  I  don't believe I am permitted to show the photos, so I better not.  What I can show you however is the stash that I purchased.  A seven pack of rotary blades, sewing machine oil in a drip free dispenser,  titanium machine needles and a lovely fat quarter stack of Astor Manor.

I have not got any sewing to show you, as its all been block swap obligations this week,  but am excited that Homespun have purchased a second design from me that I have also started work on so not allowed to share it.  Not sure yet when this one will be published so stay tuned for that.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

New projects

My treat to myself for getting a few UFO's done and dusted was to start some new projects, but hey, why just stop at one.

First up is this cute little penguin quilt that was in last months Homespun magazine, as soon as I saw this I knew I had to make it, or at least my version. For quite some time I have had a stack of bunny hill blue fat quarters with no project to use them on..... Until now that is. I have also used up a bit of vintage modern left over from a previous projects as I wanted a bit of red in the quilt to cheer it up.

I plan to play with my go baby, as I have a snow flake die, and put snowflakes in the void above these little critters, I still also need to give them eyes. Then above the red stripe wil be the stars that are on the original design. I am going to make this only with fabrics in my stash so I will only have one penguin panel, as I only had enough of the pale blue print for one.

My next new project started with a query on my Etsy shop, to make a dachshund quilt similar to the poodle one I had for sale on there. I thought it would be a fun quilt to make anyway and a good excuse to use the scrumptious new Bonnie and Camille layer cake.

And here is my planned colour layout, with my pretty blue thongs and blue nail polish for good measure.

Ironically, the day this lady asked if I could make her a dachshund quilt, I sold the poodle one on Etsy, how funny is that.

I can't show you my other mini project yet, as it's a surprise Christmas postcard for a swap,
Well, I better get cutting out dachshunds..
Stay tuned, and have a lovely week, quilted hugs, Sue x